The cultural hub of Mylapore in Chennai, the premises of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Chennai kendra is abuzz all through the year - because there is always a concert or a discourse or a talk taking place at one of its four halls.
On Sunday though, November 2o, it came alive to the launch of its annual Cultural Festival - a festival which formally launches the city's celebrated December Season.
The main auditorium on East Mada Street, Mylapore was packed as the curtain went up for the formal launch - after nadaswaram maestro Seshampatti Sivalingam and his group had treated rasikas to a house-long concert.
Artistes Vishaka Hari and Gayatri Venkataraghavan were decorated with 'lifetime achievement' awards by the guest of the day - Infosys chairman, R. Seshasayee.
The first recital of this fest was a Harikatha recital by Vishaka Hari; she performed to a full house.
The music fest is on till mid-December at this venue and is open to all. Admission is free. Thereafter, Bhavans will host a dance fest at an auditorium in Kilpauk. And continue with the music concerts at its Mylapore premises.